Commit to Quitting: It’s Never Too Late for Smokers to Give Up the Habit | Fairfield City Champion


Karen Wardle, Acting Director of Health Promotion Department for South West Sydney Health District, says it’s never too late for people to quit smoking and improve their health.

South West Sydney Health District Health Promotion Acting Director Karen Wardle used World No Tobacco Day (May 31) to send a message to smokers: it is never too much late to quit smoking.

“ Even after years of smoking, you can still improve your health within minutes of your last cigarette. The longer a person goes without smoking, the more benefits they will gain from it in the years to come, ” said Ms Wardle, who confirmed that smoking prevalence remains high. in the community.

“I recommend that people speak to their GP or call NSW Quitline, even if they are not quite ready to quit.”

Ms Wardle said a range of local resources were available to help people who wanted to quit smoking but were unsure of where to start.

  • The NSW Quitline (13 7848) is a free confidential telephone service with smoking cessation counselors in English, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese, with Aboriginal counselors also available.
  • The South West Sydney Local Health District offers a New Life Quit Smoking Program that supports any family who is pregnant or has had a child under the age of three. The program provides vouchers for free nicotine replacement therapy. Details: 4634 3054.
  • The website provides up-to-date information and personalized advice on quitting smoking.
  • NSW Health hospitals provide support for patients to manage their nicotine addiction while in hospital.

Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death and illness in Australia and can lead to cancer, heart disease and stroke. Two in three smokers will die of a disease caused by their smoking.

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